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Old 04-11-2013, 07:22 PM   #11
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Crap i was afraid of that, i have another one sitting in the same place that u need to move asap but its already been there 2 weeks.

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Old 04-11-2013, 08:56 PM   #12
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Crap i was afraid of that, i have another one sitting in the same place that u need to move asap but its already been there 2 weeks.
That one is most likely skunked, also. My friend moved a carboy to his screened-in back porch this last winter to try to cold crash before transferring to keg. He only left it there in direct sunlight for one day, and his citra/nelson IPA tasted like a really bitter heineken.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:02 PM   #13
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I've only ever had Heine/Stella/Pauli-girls turn skunky if someone left them in the sun- and it didn't taste that way out of the keg either. I think I have a theory as to why a friend of mine says he hates Heineken and kolsch so much though... :P

As far as this problem goes, I dress up my carboys in my old sweaters (and am always tempted to put a pair of pants next to them and leave my hat on top...)

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:40 PM   #14
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Or just switch to plastic buckets.
Be careful about white buckets. They don't block out very much light at all, in fact transmit it very well.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:29 AM   #15
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I believe blue light is the most damaging in terms of skunking, followed by green, followed by near UV. White polyethylene will certainly block much, much more visible light than glass, and both will transmit some long-wave (near) UV but block the shorter stuff.

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Old 05-21-2013, 06:22 AM   #16
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I just also finished a blonde ale, and I know UV wasn't the problem, but it also smells skunky. Have you done Blonde ales before? because it might be part of the style. Still tastes good though

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Old 05-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #17
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I always wrap my carboys in a towel and secure around the neck with a clip that I can also attach the temp probe from my Johnson Control to. Why wrap them in a freezer? I have to use an old shop light to keep the temp from going too cold in the winter.

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Old 05-25-2013, 02:40 PM   #18
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i enjoy the skunk taste in Heineken and stella. i dont get as much of it in Heineken as i use to but i recently had some stellas and they were great and skunky

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i enjoy the skunk taste
My dad was the same way - he loved the skunked beer he'd get sometimes. Used to be you'd get it fairly often in commercial beers, especially in out-of-the-way places where they didn't have cool storage. Oly that had been sitting outside in 90-degree heat for a few weeks was just what he wanted. I think it reminded him of the rougher beers they had when he was young (he was born in 1914).
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I just also finished a blonde ale, and I know UV wasn't the problem, but it also smells skunky. Have you done Blonde ales before? because it might be part of the style. Still tastes good though
I recently brewed my first blonde and it's got a touch of skunk to it. Fermented in a bucket in the basement.
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